'''John Smith Hurt''', better known as '''Mississippi John Hurt''' (possibly March 3, 1892 or March 8, 1893
– November 2, 1966) was an American country blues
singer and guitarist.
Raised in Avalon, Mississippi
, Hurt taught himself how to play the guitar around age nine. He worked as a sharecropper
and began playing at dances and parties, singing to a melodious Fingerstyle|fingerpicked
His first recordings, made for Okeh Records
in 1928, were commercial failures, and he continued to work as a farmer. Tom Hoskins, a blues enthusiast, located Hurt in 1963 and persuaded him to move to Washington, D.C.
, where he was recorded by the Library of Congress
in 1964. This helped further the American folk music revival
, which had led to the rediscovery of many other List of blues musicians|bluesmen
of Hurt's era. Hurt performed on the university and...